Public records

Prosecutors say former whistleblower protector deleted records

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | April 23, 2010
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April 23, 2010

The former head of an office tasked with protecting government whistleblowers from retaliation will plead guilty to charges he tampered with public records by hiring a private technician to delete information off his computer while at the Office of Special Counsel.

West Virginia high court to hear case over petition signatures

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | January 19, 2010
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January 19, 2010

West Virginia's high court agreed last week to hear a local newspaper’s freedom-of-information case over whether the names on a voter-referendum petition can be disclosed to the public, The (Martinsburg) Journal reported.

The Shepherdstown Observer has sued a county clerk who has refused the newspaper’s public records request for the names of people who signed a petition on a zoning referendum.

CREW files public records suit over SEC's post-Madoff reforms

Amanda Becker | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | January 7, 2010
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January 7, 2010

The government accountability group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has sued the Securities and Exchange Commission over its failure to provide documentation of reforms implemented in the wake of the largest investment fraud in the nation's history.

Coalition receives $2 million for new Freedom of Information fund

Amanda Becker | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | January 5, 2010
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January 5, 2010

The National Freedom of Information Coalition has received a $2 million, three-year grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create the Knight FOIA Fund, which will fund the legal costs often associate with public records disputes.

Alabama newspaper askes for withheld 'personal' email

Amanda Becker | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 29, 2009
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December 29, 2009

An Alabama newspaper is demanding copies of so-called personal e-mail messages sent by city officials that were withheld from a recent open-records request.

AP asks West Virginia court to reconsider judicial e-mail decision

Amanda Becker | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 16, 2009
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December 16, 2009

The Associated Press has asked the West Virginia Supreme Court to reconsider its November ruling that e-mail messages exchanged between its former justice and a coal executive were not subject to public records laws, The Associated Press reported.

Bermuda's FOI bill to be retroactive

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 7, 2009
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December 7, 2009

Bermuda’s new freedom of information bill will apply to all government-held records, including those created in the past, the Royal Gazette reported.

Mining exec asks for new trial after justices step down

Kirk Davis | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 4, 2009
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December 4, 2009

A coal executive has asked the West Virginia Supreme Court to reconsider its dismissal of a $50 million jury verdict against competitor Massey Energy after improper relationships between sitting justices and Massey executives came to light, The Charleston Gazette reported.

Hugh Caperton, the owner of Harman Mining Co., had sued Massey for unfair business practices and was awarded $50 million by a jury. But the state Supreme Court overturned the award on two separate occasions.

Wisconsin prison hands over grenade video, settles suit

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Feature | November 17, 2009
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November 17, 2009

Wisconsin prison officials have released video footage of a guard detonating a grenade typically used for outdoor crowd control in the cell of an individual prisoner after the Associated Press sued to obtain a copy of the footage, the news agency reported.

Police use-of-force reports are public records in New Jersey

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | November 10, 2009
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November 10, 2009

A New Jersey appeals court on Monday ruled that police use-of-force reports -- generated any time a police offer uses force against a citizen -- are public records and cannot be withheld as criminal investigatory records.